2. Victorian UpdosCapture a hairstyle from a bygone era with a slightly mussed victorian style wedding updo. Rather wear your hair down? Have your stylist create a loose half-up style with long, flowing curls pulled back with an antique bejeweled hairpin.
3. Dramatic MakeupKeep your makeup sophisticated with a slightly darker eyeliner or lipstick color. Consider deep plum eyeliner and shadow, or a rich raspberry color for your lips. Tip: To avoid going overboard, choose just one area (eyes or lips) to highlight.
4. Luxe Bridesmaid Dresses
Outfit your maids in rich, deep hues like dark purple, black, or navy. Capelets, crocheted shawls, cameo chokers, or sheer scarves will add just the right hint of enigma to their look.
5. Funky formal wear
For a formal wedding, have your guys don tails or even swallowtail coats (undertaker-style). For more Halloween fun, give them stripe black-and-white or red-and-black socks to wear for the day.
6. All-Black Reception Decor
Use rich, black linens in heavy velvet or pintucked fabrics for the tables. Have black chiavari chairs padded with black seat cushions. Silver chargers and ornate silver goblets along with antique candelabras and black or ivory candles will add to the ambience.
7. Bold Arrangements
For centerpieces, think Black Magic roses, deep red calla lilies, black feathers, branchy accents, and tons of votives. If space allows, consider hanging antique chandeliers over the dance floor and throughout the room and attaching black feather wreaths to the windows or doors.
8. Costume Photo Backdrop
Instead of a photo booth, enlist a friend to take pictures of your guests on a spooky photo set at your reception. Use a velvety curtain for the backdrop and, if resources allow, deck out the set with old furniture and fake spider webs. Include easy-to-wear props for your guests like hats, gloves, and boas.
9. Red Velvet CakeWhen it comes to your cake, focus on the flavor by requesting red velvet. Have it frosted with decadent cream cheese frosting decorated with black ribbon bands to coordinate with the rest of your wedding day details.